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Gratitude

I wrote this blog just after I got home from Sunday school about a month ago.  The teacher ended saying, “We ought to focus on God.”  I disagree.  Almighty God and God within all of us is just incomprehensible to all of us.  But we can try, try, try to seek God’s calling(s) for us moment by moment, day by day, lifetime by lifetime.  It’s what we say and do that counts.

Saying and doing the right things can be developed by cultivating a strong set of values.  The loving religions of the world encourage very similar values.  And, while we can’t really understand Almighty God and our “little piece of God,” we can be thankful to God for all that has been given us.  Following God’s calling is part of how we can show our gratitude.

Kindness

I wrote this essay around a year ago.  I had just finished reading the manuscript of Martin Rutte’s new book.  He honored me by referring to How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, the book I edited, to which he contributed an essay, and naming the ten elements.  But even more gratifying, his next-to-last quote was one from me that a Heaven on Earth is “humankind’s natural destiny.”

We must reach toward that destiny with love, compassion and kindness—in all directions globally.  We must not fight to slice up the pie, materially and otherwise.  We must allow our little pieces of God to shine to all.  Pay it forward day by day, lifetime by lifetime.  There is no need or excuse for violence, except in self-defense, the eradication of genocide, and other serious atrocities.

We are all wired for kindness.  Let that potent force come out and be manifest in all our actions, to ourselves and others.  When we forgive others, we become better persons or nations ourselves.

We must engender wonder throughout humankind.  That’s not an easy task but it is a simple goal.  Perhaps many people in developed nations could put serious wonder in their lives and free themselves of greed and envy.

We must appreciate what we have and, if one’s means allow it, contribute to worthy causes, including the donation of one’s labor, mind and creations.

We have not yet reached a Heaven on Earth, but I have a firm conviction that God has that in store for us, somehow, sometime.  We must open our minds, bodies and little pieces of God within us to the concept, potential and goal of a Heaven on Earth.  The obstacles may be huge, but the opportunity is even greater.